Peace, love and the future is coming
Jon Anderson forges on as Yes fades further in his rear-view mirror
BY JOHN COLLINGE
A woman with a charming accent, presumably Jane, cheerfully answers the telephone and hands it to her husband. “Hi! I’m Jon Anderson and I have a really high voice! Or,” he says, dropping several octaves, “I can speak down here if you like.”
Channeling James Earl Jones belies his distinctive alto tenor and Jon relents. The interview proceeds as anticipated, unlike recent chapters in the legendary singer’s mercurial 53-year career.
Anderson, 71, says he is doing more now than ever. Lately that includes concerts with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty supporting late-2015 CD/DVD release. Better Late than Never, plus reviving plans to record and tour with former Yes band mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin as ARW. Also, new album Invention of Knowledge, a project with Flower Kings guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt, is due out June 24.
Jon is quick to remind that since his controversial 2008 ouster from Yes he’s been anything but idle, touring internationally as an acoustic solo act and pursuing numerous (mostly Internet-based) collaborative projects.
“It’s been an incredible time for me, because I’ve been able to tour all over the world. There are little pockets of 1,000 people here, 500 people there, that want to hear Yes music and that’s what I do,” he says. “I go with my guitar and my beautiful wife Jane and we’ve been traveling the world happily for the last eight years.”
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